We all know this guy. Of course we do. It's sweet old Grover from the very innocent and kid-friendly Sesame street. But what I see right there is the very first horror book I ever read. That's right...HORROR. Why of course I'll explain! I recall being a mere tyke in a small, Jackson Heights apartment when I encountered this shrill-fest. I would lay in my bed with the night light on reading all types of simple kids books. I don't remember any of them but this one.
It starts with Grover noticing the title of the book. He tells us, the reader, NOT to turn the page again because of the aforementioned "Monster at the end of this book". As we turn the pages he starts becoming desperate. Pleading.BEGGING. It's at this point that my 5 year old heart is pounding and I slam the book shut. Blanket over my head and huddled against the wall I TRY to sleep. The next night I get one page further until I panic and repeat yesterdays attempt at slumber.
After what must have been 2 weeks, one night, I say "Fuck you, Grover...I NEED to see this monster." I ignore the pages he taped together, turn past the brick wall he put up and FINALLY get to face this foul demon who has tormented my nights for what seemed like an eternity. (SPOILER ALERT!) I get to the end and the monster...is him. Relief floods my little,tired bones.I sleep like...a baby, I guess.
This also proves a point that most horror writers live by: DON'T show the "monster".
Most of the time the monster we imagine is 10x scarier than anything a writer can describe.
Lovable, furry old Grover showed me that.
Mashup of my childhood cartoon bad ass mofos and Reservoir Dogs. Mojo Jojo became one of my favorites because my daughter would devour Power Puff girls when they first came out and Vader is technically not a cartoon. But he was the quintessential villain of my youth so there he be. I created this by printing out the R-Dogs bodies, Drawing the heads by hand and scanning it back into photoshop for color.
Hey, All. It seems like my Hip Hop inspired artwork gets really positive reactions. So I had a few Rocket Raccoon sketch covers I picked up at Comic Con. I really had no interest in drawing this character until it hit me to create an homage to one of my All-time favorite albums: Raekwon & Ghostface Killahs 'Only built for Cuban Links'. Once I thought of it everything fell into place. Change the goblet from the album cover to the Infinity Gauntlet on the sketch cover. Yes! Change only built for Cuban links to Only built for Infinity Stones. Yes! Also turned the Wu logo in the back on it's side so it appears to be a G. (For 'Gaurdians'...yes!)
Overall I'm happy with it, but I'm still not content with my hand coloring game. I was pleased with the layout, pencil and ink...but them damn coloring tools. Not getting a proper blend look. Oh, well...Do better next time. Peace.
Bought a bunch of these covers when they first came out. I haven't quite come up with the unique idea I'm looking for. So in the meantime I just did a straight up pose. Ink and all types of Prismacolor grays in effect.
Since Ghostface Killah also goes by the name Tony Starks: Iron man, I've been trying to come up with ideas for this Marvel sketch cover to put him on. I always try to do some sort of mash up on my covers. Usually something mixing different genres. But this was TOO perfect not to do. I'm a lifelong Ghostface fan and I'm really loving what 7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck are doing with Czarface. Both are heavily comic book influenced, too.
I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome. Though the Pens I've been using aren't translating the blacks as dark as I'd like. Gonna try some Nibs with the India ink next time. The Prismacolor Markers came out okay. Definitely gotta work on my technique, though. Till next blog. Peace.
My first time doing a Vader piece in about...ever. I always used to draw him as a kid and was always in awe of the costume design. That mask with the roundness on top but all jaggedly menacing in the face. The unapologetic black of the suit with the red lightsaber always fascinated me. With this drawing I wanted to put Vader in a pose you rarely see him in: exaggerated action. He's always so stiff in most drawings or pictures. I figure if he's such a badass he's gotta be fast, too. This is obviously samurai flick inspired.
This was done on a Bristol board using Speedball nibs and paint. For years I've strictly been a pen guy, but the nibs definitely create better blacks. I was afraid to experiment with the nibs on this illustration but now I can't wait to use them again. For the grays of the suit I watered down the ink.
This here is a design for a T-shirt. A Christmas gift for my old friend and creator of the Puffs book series. For those of you unfamiliar you can check out my merch page. Don't get the wrong idea. The Puffs are cute and not at all like this drawing. Hence the Haha factor regarding this character. I'm liking the colored pencil look lately. I feel like it's more of an illustrated look. Especially when it comes to kids books. Gives it a kind of innocent, sketchy vibe. Thinking of using that look on some serious projects.
I've been really digging some of the typographers on Instagram. Incredible work out there and it inspires me to try my own stuff. Here I used one of my favorite lines from my favorite rapper, Nas.
Lot's of fun doing these and I MUST do more.
Illustration of Pulp fictions Bruce Willis character ,Butch. Done with Copic ink pens, Prismacolor markers and a touch of Photoshop. This is, without a doubt, my favorite line of his.
Sketch cover I did combining Elektra and Beatrix Kiddo of Kill Bill fame. Colored in using Prismacolor markers. Steep in price but they are definitely high quality. I purchased a lot of blank sketch cover comics at the last NYC comic con. Time to start filling them puppies in.